Navigating Adelaide With Disabilities Amid Well-Intentioned Interventions

Explore how Adelaide’s well-meaning accessibility interventions impact individuals with disabilities. Join us as we navigate urban living, discuss technology’s role, and uncover the community’s part in fostering inclusion. A must-listen episode shedding light on the realities of navigating city life with disabilities in Adelaide.

In this important episode, we delve into the complexities of living with disabilities in Adelaide, set against the backdrop of the city’s ongoing efforts towards inclusivity. Our guests, including David Olney, Jorja Denton, and insights from Clair Crowley of the Strong & Capable Co-operative, share their lived experiences navigating well-intended urban interventions that sometimes present mixed outcomes for individuals with different disabilities. As Adelaide seeks public feedback on its new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, this conversation aims to contribute unique perspectives to the dialogue, exploring the interplay of technology, community support, and the broader societal understanding of disability.

And in the Musical Pilgrimage, we feature the the song “Fabulous” by Rachael Leahcar, written and produced exclusively for the No Strings Attached Theatre Of Disability.

Listen to the full podcast on The Adelaide Show website. 

 

Community Market Excursion

Leanne, Strong & Capable member & chair of the board.

 

Our Peer Mentoring Program Coordinator, Clair caught up with Leanne to learn how she found the experience. Here’s what Leanne had to say:

 

Clair: How were you feeling about participating in the Peer Mentoring activity?

Leanne: I was really looking forward to getting out and about and joining the rest of the world – I’ve been in a bit of a rut. A bit nervous about meeting someone new, but feeling quite happy that we were going to do something that we BOTH wanted to do. 

Clair: How long had it been since you had visited a community market & what had been stopping you from going?

Leanne: I didn’t realise I had stopped going to things like the market. It’s not as much fun on your own, and almost felt like a task without the company of someone else who wanted to be there.

Clair: How did you feel while you were participating in the activity?

Leanne: It had been a while since I had been to something like this – so I felt a bit awkward. It was great to have the distraction of someone to turn to and talk about the things for sale, and someone to point out things I hadn’t noticed. I didn’t feel quite so conspicuous, or like I was standing out – as you can when you are on your own. I felt more confident and it was so good to join the community.

Clair: Do you feel like this is something you want to do again, has it inspired you to find a regular way to build this activity into your routine or even try something new?

Leanne: I love the idea of trying new things as a bit of an experiment. I have realised that I need to schedule more fun into my life!

It’s not part of my routine yet, but has reminded me how good it is to get out and explore and interrupt the cycle of staying home (it’s a trap!)

Clair: Anything else you’d like to add?

Leanne: I’m really glad that I gave it a go, and I felt great afterwards. It gave me the chance to join in conversations about what we did over the weekend. Usually I don’t have much to add.

The planning ahead part was a positive experience too, something to look forward to.

 

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